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What do you fear right now?

What are you going to do to ensure those fears are not realized?

What gives you hope right now?

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  1. November 9, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I fear nothing.

    I’ve been through some crap in my day, and I got through it one day at a time. And came out the other side. But that’s just how I view the temporal world. Also I’m religious, so I periodically take a few steps back and try to view everything in the light of eternity – it’s very centering and calming.

    I make the best choices I can in order to do the most good I can for the most people (myself included), and while I will always try to be better, I’m not going to worry or beat myself up about things I can’t control.

    Bring it on.

    • November 9, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Hear, hear.

      I have to say, what’s happening in North Dakota is bringing me closer to feeling religious than I have felt in a few years. God’s work is being done by people there, my heart tells me, and in that I find sustaining hope.

  2. November 9, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    I fear the hate I feel radiating off of people right now. I try to smile and engage and hug and shake hands but it is taking its toll on me today.

    • November 9, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      I hear that. I encountered another rage driver today, though most people I saw face to face were kind.

      Yesterday, I actually ended up deleting IG. I had a visceral reaction to all my friends posting “nasty woman” pictures proudly. As I looked at those images, my friends were the same liberal women who taunted my mom while priding themselves on their goodness.

      I posted themost horrifying clip of HRC, to me, and called them monsters for supporting that. I then thought of who I know them to be offline and removed the app. I don’t need to be anywhere that helps me forget to see people as people.

      I immediately felt lighter of heart.

      *hugs*

  3. November 9, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I am afraid of sacrificing my ideals, afraid to protect my children by teaching them how to blend in to survive instead of how to stand tall.
    I am going to think long on which is best for my already traumatized kids: feeling safe, or standing against the majority? What am I teaching them, self-sacrifice or self-care? I need more time. Fear motivates me, but my flight urge is so strong that sometimes I only run. I have to temper it.
    What gives me hope is knowing plenty of people on both sides and knowing that they are good and decent folk, motivated by the greater good and not what the opposition claims motivates them. Also they had a really good day at school. Unlike some other schools in my state where racism was the order of the day.

  4. November 9, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    I fear ignorance, especially among those who think themselves informed. I also fear lack of empathy.

    I must keep learning and encourage others to conquer this fear.

    I gain hope from individual acts of kindness, as people are meant for so much more than belonging to a mob.

  5. November 9, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    I don’t have hope. I have so much to lose. My marriage, my rights. 😦

  6. November 9, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    I fear future.
    I try not to think about it much.I try to ignore the ‘future’ discussions.
    As of now, ‘words’, ‘writing’, ‘poems’ and ‘my dear blog’ gives me hope. ☺

  7. November 10, 2016 at 4:04 am

    What do you fear right now? The vindicated backlash of the true America against anyone that doesn’t fit the “accepted” (whatever that is) mold of what an American should be. I fear, to be brutally blunt and honest, for anyone that isn’t white.

    What are you going to do to ensure those fears are not realized? Make sure that I continue to treat everyone with the same respect that I’ve always treated people because we’re all humans. It isn’t any more complicated than that.

    What gives you hope right now? The fact that a Trump win is a wake up call to all the people that have doubts that racism, bigotry, and xenophobia actually do exist and are alive and well in 2016. My hope is that it helps to pave a path towards understanding and acceptance instead of hatred and exclusion.

    • November 10, 2016 at 5:30 am

      I share your fears.

      I share your commitment to action.

      I totally share your reason for hope. This is exactly what I just finished writing about on Learning to Speak Politics: “See the evil, fight the evil.”

      Thanks for affirming my hope at the beginning of this new day. 🙂

  8. November 10, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I fear that any moderate voice within the Republican party, such as my state’s very narrowly defeated Senator Kelly Ayotte, will be drummed out of office or ignored.

    Ayotte lost by about 700 votes. She was very vocal in her distaste for Trump, so I’m guessing she declined to request a recount since she didn’t want to work with Trump anyway.

  9. November 10, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    I’m terrified the media will be cut out, rather than learn the lesson that there’s a difference between journalism and commentary. More personally I’m afraid of losing my health insurance…

    To help with that fear, I’ll correct written media statements, and email it back to whoever wrote it, explaing the corrections.

    I hope that the really uptight republicans will learn that freedom of speech sometimes means agreeing to disagree. Let’s toss *all* “political correctness” out the window.

  10. November 14, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    My daughters’ good hearts give me hope.

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